International ship safety firm is on awards short list

PROTECTION Dryad Maritime Intelligence Services chief operating officer Karen Jacques
PROTECTION Dryad Maritime Intelligence Services chief operating officer Karen Jacques
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A FIRM whose business is to help keep the world’s shipping lanes safe has been nominated for an award.

Dryad Maritime Intelligence Services, which only lists its address as a PO Box in Portsmouth, was given the nod in the management/operations category for their fleet security management service in this year’s IHS Safety at Sea Awards.

The firm’s workforce are mainly former Royal Navy personnel, who analyse data from a range of sources from all around the world in order to identify threats and pass on accurate information to the shipping community.

This could be anything from pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden, to monitoring the movement of nuclear dust clouds over Japan.

The firm’s chief operating officer, Karen Jacques, who joined the business after 14 years with the navy said: ‘We first of all monitor field positions every six hours. We’re providing intelligence information, forecasts and reports.

‘We also assemble attack data which, because it can come from international sources, through the media, or from other sources, can be conflicted.

‘The data then goes across the board to the shipping community.’

Everyone from captains of yachts to those in charge of cargo ships gets the data, which mainly focuses on high risk areas such as the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Guinea, and the Malacca Straight, where piracy is rife and where ships from the Royal Navy are regularly deployed as a deterrent.

‘We also make recommendations on what actions they can take,’ added Karen.

‘We deal with everything for their security, including sourcing armed guards, should they need them.

‘We don’t employ them ourselves, but we can help supply them if need be.

‘It’s basically a security package that provides best practices.’

The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on board HMS Belfast, in London on June 13.

Tom Boardley, chairman of shipping organisation IACS and marine director for Lloyds Register, will present the trophies to the winners.